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Copenhagen's Royal Library
Christians Brygge 8, 1016 København Route Planner
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Black Diamond: daily except Sun and Bank Hols 8am-10pm (7pm in Jul-Aug) - exhibitions: daily except Sun and Bank Hols 10am-7pm

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Founded in 1653 by King Frederik III and open to the public since 1793, the Royal Library has been somewhat rejuvenated by its contemporary annex (1999). It quickly became known to Danes as "the black diamond" because of its dazzling façade of shiny black granite and glass. On the first level is an exhibition hall containing manuscripts and original editions of works by famous writers (HC Andersen, S Kierkegaard, K Blixen), as well as certain handwritten scores by composer Carl Nielsen.

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